Maik Schuster is a director based in Berlin and founder of the directors collective I AM HERE.
Below are Maik’s selects and what he had to say:
1. Process (2018)
Directed by Kahlil Joseph
I admire Kahlil’s work. I hadn’t seen anything like it before and I was blown away by the symbiosis of cinema, music, and poetry. Symbolism, origin, and heritage. This film for Sampha is so rich in many ways, a whole new genre. It also was a major inspiration for our short film ‘The Seed‘ but more than anything it gave us the confidence to approach filmmaking differently and to think in layers rather than following a linear story thread. By the way, if anyone knows where I can buy or stream it these days please hit me up… it’s a well-hidden treasure!
2. Performance (1970)
Directed by Donald Cammell & Nicolas Roeg
A trippy journey around violence, identity, and Mick Jagger. And Mick Jagger.
3. Ice Age (2002)
Directed by Chris Wedge
The first film I actively watched in a cinema. I laughed my 12-year-old ass off. 10 years later I applied for film university. The lecturers wanted to test me and asked for my favorite film. For some reason, all I could think of in the interview situation was ‘Ice Age’. Some laughed at me, others looked confused because they didn’t know if I was being serious I believe. In the end, I got away with it and was accepted. Another 10 years forward and I still think ‘Ice Age’ is pure gold – but it ironically also sets a tragic counterpart to the world we live in with global warming being our biggest challenge.
4. Kids (1995)
Directed by Larry Clark
A classic. Often copied, never reached. A groundbreaking film for skateboarding and youth culture.
Selects: Music Videos
1. ‘Until The Quiet Comes’ Flying Lotus (2013)
Directed by Kahlil Joseph
2. ‘Never Catch Me’ Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar (2014)
Directed by Hiro Murai
3. ‘Czech One’ King Krule (2017)
Directed by Frank Lebon
Selects: Skate Videos
I feel like we all see so many campaigns and short films these days – I thought I’d share some of the stuff that inspired me the most instead. Skate videos were the reason I bought my first camera when I was 14 and I still think there’s so much creativity in this space. The choice of spots, the choice of tricks, the choice of angles. The use of sound, music, and editing. Everything has to come together to capture that perfect blink of an eye and it can take one try or a couple of years until you get the shot. In the end, every video part evokes its own emotion and a portrait of the featured skaters and the culture around them.
1. Spirit Quest (2016)
Directed by Colin Read
2. ‘Mindfield’ Alien Workshop (2009)
Directed by Greg Hunt
3. ‘Enjoi’ Bag Of Suck (2006)
Directed by Matt Eversole